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El Toro Sailboat Talk & Building Classes

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Good news for those sailors who want to build the popular El Toro Sailboat.  We are putting together two El Toro boat building classes scheduled for February and March.  Plus, ACMC will host a Saturday lunch & talk on the history, building, etc., of this popular little boat.  The lunch & talk is free.

So, here is exactly what we are working on right now:

Saturday, February 18th - Introducing the El Toro Sailboat.  FREE lunch, talk etc...
Monday, February 27th -  Building The El Toro Sailboat Together...
Monday, March 19th -   Build Your Own El Toro Sailboat...

Obviously, the Saturday lunch & talk is to promote the El Toro.   The history of this little boat is interesting.  The El Toro was first built by local boat builders Don & Fred Smith in their shop on Samish Island.   It was based on the MacGregor Sabot plans which appeared in the Rudder Magazine in 1939.  Initially, it was intended as a tender,  racer, and a simple sailing pram to teach sailing to children and parents alike.  Along the way, it has become a recognized class of over 11,000 one-design yachts.

The second class (beginning Monday, February 27th 2012) is for those folks who may someday wish to build an El Toro or improve their basic boat building skills.  Note, Donn Wilson told me recently he built his first El Toro in his house using only hand tools.  Anyway, building the El Toro togethe promises to be a whole lot of fun.

If you wish to build an El Toro yourself, here is your opportunity.   We will share experience,  building supplies, building templates, and jig;  you provide the plywood, lumber, and of course, the labor .  Essentially, you will build your very own El Toro -- this is a very affordable way to build the El Toro!

See now you have it.  It's a great opportunity.  And, the price is right.  If you are interested in these classes, please contact us through the e-mail.  If possible, we would like to begin enrolling participants ASAP.


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